ANIMAL DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR

behavior used in the act of self-preservation, to avoid falling victim to another animal or predator. The function of this behavior is harm avoidance, and may manifest in several ways, including: camouflaging, noise-making (like a rattlesnake), employing defensive strategies (porcupines raise spines), or escape by running away.

ANIMAL DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR: "Animal defensive behavior is most commonly used to prevent harm befalling the animal, for example, certain lizards change colors to prevent detection. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-defensive-behavior/ (accessed October 18, 2019).
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